Vitus brings more than 20 years of experience to SVPA’s leadership team. He has provided creative, flexible and dynamic design solutions on wide variety of project types, and has proven success in delivering projects on time and within budget. His direct and personal commitment to guiding the design process though all phases of design and construction has nurtured long-term client relationships and has contributed to SVPA’s steady business success. Vitus is committed to a client-focused teamwork approach that always keeps the big picture design drivers in focus.

Vitus has extensive experience in planning and design for educational environments. From early childhood centers, to K-12 schools, to higher education facilities, Vitus is passionate about bringing life to learning spaces. He also has a wealth of knowledge in athletic, recreation, wellness and healthcare design. Vitus’ sharp eye for detail benefits all aspects of his work – helping guide the firm’s day-to-day business operations, creating strategic plans and working one-on-one with clients.

Vitus joined the SVPA team in 1998. In 2001, he became a stockholder in the company and was promoted to Vice President in 2004. In 2015, he became President of SVPA Architects.


University of Colorado, Master of Architecture, 1995

University of Colorado, Bachelor of Environmental Design, 1992

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member

Des Moines Business Record “Forty Under 40,” 2005

AIA Iowa, Past Member, Public Relations Committee

Iowa Architectural Foundation, Past Member, Architecture in the Schools Committee


National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Certificate Holder

Licensed Architect in Iowa, Florida & Kansas

Community Involvement

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute – Transformational Leadership Program

Iowa Park & Recreation Association, Member

I have a Dream Foundation, Mentor / Supporter

Enjoys photography, traveling and scuba diving

Notable Project Experience

  • Iowa City Community School District, Liberty High School, North Liberty, IA
  • Drake University, Collier-Scripps Hall, Des Moines, IA
  • B.E. Smith Family Center, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission, KS
  • Indianola Wellness Center (YMCA), Indianola, IA
  • Ankeny Community School District, Northview Middle School & Outdoor Athletic Complex, Ankeny, IA
  • Wolfe Eye Clinics: West Des Moines, Iowa City & Hiawatha, IA
  • Pella Corporation Headquarters, Pella, IA
  • Washington Community School District, High School & Auditorium, Washington, IA
  • Waukee Family YMCA, Waukee, IA


I provide creative, flexible and dynamic design solutions on a wide variety of project types, and have proven success in delivering projects on time and within budget.

- Vitus Bering, AIA